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Hercoteach_300_2 TWO TEACHERS, ONE CLASSROOM: Meeting the state's class-size amendment goals looked insurmountable when school districts couldn't build classrooms fast enough and state officials said co-teaching couldn't count. Then Florida lawmakers stepped in, saying the point was to lower the student-teacher ratio, regardless of the space restrictions. Hernando County has embraced that philosophy. (Times photo, Lance Aram Rothstein)

IT'S A WRAP: Pasco County conducted its graduation marathon on Saturday, with seniors from six of its public high schools getting their diplomas. Another three ceremonies take place today. Click here for links to all the stories plus a slideshow.

NO INSURANCE? NO ADMISSION: Beginning this fall, Florida State University won't accept new students who do not carry their own health insurance, the AP reports. The state will provide minimal cost coverage, or other assistance, for financially needy students. FSU is the first public university in the state to take the position.

ABSTINENCE PROGRAMS UNDER FIRE: The ACLU has challenged two sex-ed courses taught in several north Florida high schools, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. It's a national push to eliminate medical inaccuracies in the curriculum.

START A FIGHT, GO TO COURT: School brawls that once ended with kids and parents talking out problems increasingly are finding their way into the legal system, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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